Predictive Coding and Brassier’s Freedom

I’m currently revisiting earlier work on Brassier’s (20b13a) short text on improvisation with a view to using the Predictive Coding (PC) account of cognition and agency as framework for understanding the role of improvisation and similar performance in our cognitive economy. The key take home that paper, I think, is its picture of a not-necessarily-human […]

Promethean and Posthuman Freedom: Brassier on Improvisation and Time

  This is the full text of my presentation at the improvisation panel at The Society of European Philosophy-Forum of European Philosophy joint conference in Dundee, 2015. ************************************************************ 1) Introduction: Improvisation and the Politics of Technology   Ray Brassier’s “Unfree Improvisation/Compulsive Freedom” (written for the 2013 collaboration with Basque noise artist Mattin at Glasgow’s Tramway) […]

Improvising Time: Ray Brassier and all that Jazz

  What follows is a reworking of material in my earlier post on Ray Brassier and Improvisation. It’s part of a longer work in progress exploring whether aesthetic creativity can function as a model for decision-making in a posthuman (or Promethean) world. All comments and criticisms will be gratefully received.   ******************************************************************************************* 1) Introduction: Improvisation and Agency Ray […]

Pete Furniss improvising with C-C-Combine

Ajkad Csupa Vér – Pete Furniss, clarinet & live electronics from furnerino on Vimeo. Live improvisation by clarinettist Pete Furniss using C-C-Combine – a concatenative synthesis patch built by Rodrigo Constanzo in Max MSP. On his website, Rodrigo explains that concatenative synthesis is a form of granular synthesis employing modulation via sound sources rather than prescribed parameters […]